Tonight was the Art Auction, part of the fundraising for the After Prom for my daughter’s class. A month or two of planning culminated in over 40 great silent auction prizes, a vast array of delicious appetizers and desserts, and, we hoped, a great audience. My daughter dropped me off at the firehall to help set up and she drove off to a babysitting job. Following that, she would pick up a friend and come back to work the event. All fine and good except for the snow that just keeps falling as of late. She’s a good driver, my daughter, but this is the first snow to test her ability. I needn't have worried though because she made it to and from.
The event was quite successful, both in terms of attendance and in terms of items sold, so we happily left with more snow falling close to midnight. I dropped off my daughter and her friend at the friend's house for a sleepover and then proceeded home but not without a cautionary word from my daughter.
“Watch the hills, Mom. You might get stuck like I did once or twice earlier tonight. And be very careful at the stop signs. Oh, and Mom? Text me when you get home so I know you made it okay.”
I laughed and shook my head. Talk about some role reversal!
The first hill proved no problem, so I called her to let her know all was well... But she didn’t answer. After I pulled into our driveway, I texted her.
“Hmmmm” I sent.
Her response: “Are you stuck? Reverse and try again.”
Cute. The young teaching the experienced. I called her and she answered this time. “I texted that to you because you hadn’t answered earlier. I’m fine. Home safe and sound.”
I sat there for a moment and it hit me. Her “teaching me” was funny, given the fact that I wasn’t stuck, that I’d driven in snow and ice countless times, and that she’s a brand new driver and I’m... Experienced. But how many times though do we respond that way about other people in business? The ones who are green, young, and we hear their wisdom, their thoughts and assume they have nothing to teach us. We may not know as much more than them as we think we do.
It pays to be open to wisdom when it comes to us, whatever the source. The fresh viewpoint of a young voice might just open your mind to something you never knew. As a wise REALTOR once told me, Every year is your first year in the business.
And don’t we all get stuck from time to time? If you do, my daughter has a thought for you.
Reverse and try again.